Sunday, February 27, 2011

Art Masterpieces in Parisian apartment

Can you even imagine walking into this place? How exciting would that be? "For 70 years the Parisian apartment had been left uninhabited, under lock and key, the rent faithfully paid but no hint of what was inside." Click on hotlink below:

I don't wish to be arrogant enough to include my work in the class of the above. Still I want to keep you abreast of my progress. Below is a copy of my recent magazine cover of a desert campfire scene published in Jan 2011.  I painted this 2 years ago after I witnessed the scene during a TV filming of our group by the "Retirement Living" show.  I saw the beautiful colors of the setting sun on the mountains on the monitor and was disappointed to find the mountains cropped out of the frame when the show aired on TV.

Thought for the Day: "The purpose of our lives is to add value to the people of this generation and those that follow." 
by Buckminster Fuller. 
What a wonderful idea to aspire to.

Since it's been so long since my last post I want to get this out quickly but I feel I should tell you that I recently spent time in a Phoenix hospital having neuro surgery to prevent a stroke. Before Christmas I took a nasty fall on my head which almost caused me to black out. It was the day before we were to leave for Orange County, So Calif. to spend Christmas with family so I didn't go to the doctor though I had a low grade headache and was quite sore for awhile.

Last week I began noticing some weird things like my right side wasn't functioning normally. My coordination was off and my right foot was dragging a little. My headache returned and I had a loss of energy and overall weakness. The final straw was when I lost my speech for about five minutes. All I could do was to utter gibberish. I tried and tried and after five minutes or so my speech slowly returned. We went to the local fire station in Quartzsite and had the EMT examine me and he advised us to go to the Parker hospital about 30 miles away for a CT scan. It was there that we learned I had a pool of blood on my left side pressing against my brain. They immediately called for an airplane to medivac me to a trauma center in Phoenix. I couldn't see Nancy because she had been waiting in the truck with Taco, our little Chihuahua, I just had to call her on the cell phone and she had to drive home alone to our 5th wheel parked in the desert. Son Keith drove over from Orange county to help her along with some good friends who took care of Taco while she visited me in the hospital.

The procedure was sort of simple. The team of Neurosurgeons had to drill through my skull to drain the blood and relieve the pressure which took about 20 minutes. (they had a really sharp drill) I was in ICU for 2 days laying flat on my back to let the wound drain completely and checked out on the fourth day with no discernable damage. I have to return for a another CT scan and staple removal on 3/9. Otherwise I feel great and very lucky. My guardian angel came through yet once again.    

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